Dulce de Leche in the Heights (376 Central Ave.) is my new favorite hangout spot in Jersey City and here’s why:
Awesome espresso and coffee is just the beginning.
The space is big and bright, thanks to the high ceilings and lighting, and is perfectly upscale while still being welcoming of the mixed clientele. The staff is a bit flummoxed, as they are still figuring it out, but so are the customers, who are still figuring out where they now live or figuring out the changing landscape of where they have always lived.
I recently visited Jersey City’s newest coffee
addition addiction, Ground Connection, located at Harborside Plaza 10.
Owner Scott Gillman (of Jercey City’s Markers Restaurant) and director of the coffee program, Alex Mastrando, who is the head chef, went to different places in the city New York City “to see what was working and what wasn’t” in the coffee industry, while the head barista and store manager, German Chabur, visited Seattle and Atlanta coffee conventions to do the same.
The result is awesome “third wave” coffee in a fast-casual environment [Ed. note: “first wave” is mom-and-pop shops, “second wave” is Stabucks, et al]. “Third wave coffee means we are bringing it back to basics using real espresso with real machines and actually weighing everything properly,” says Alex as he shows me their Italian espresso machine, which is one of few in the U.S. and uses technology that just came out last year.
“You can go to a coffee chain, where the machine will weigh the coffee and the barista will push a button, but this machine can figure out the weight from the dry—it’s amazing technology,” says Alex. “The machine allows us to weigh exact grinds, program the weight, and create a ratio. So you give it the ratio, you give it the grind, and it automatically calibrates as it’s coming out. It gets that perfect ratio and its always going to be in balance. That allows us to keep our coffee consistent.”
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Jersey City is hosting its first Harborside Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Try over 150 craft beers from local breweries while overlooking the New York City skyline and listening to live music on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway at the Harborside Plaza Atrium (34 Exchange Place).
It’s Jersey City’s own celebration of Oktoberfest. Find your new favorite brew from the eclectic offering of local beers and ciders, and have the chance to speak with brewery representatives.
And to soak up the beer, there will be plenty of food vendors on site.
Choose between two sessions: 12-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm.
*General Admission $60, which includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass
*(Non-drinking) Designated Driver $15
*Tickets can be purchased online at jcbrewfest.com
*DISCOUNT WITH JERSEY CITY GAL PROMO CODE: jerseycitygal
*Early Bird Pricing available (check site for details)
*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region
*Adults 21+ Only: No kids. No Dogs.
*Smoking allowed but only in designated area.
*Once you leave the premises, you cannot return.
For more information, click here.
Taste & Enjoy,
Because this side of the river has increasingly become a place of destination, this summer’s Hudson County Restaurant Week (7/25-8/5) is particularly poignant. All of the quickly established new additions to our classic faves are creating crazy flocks of foodies.
Find the full list of participants and their menu selections here.
My personal reviews of participating restaurants previously published on my blog are… [use the upper right search bar and type].
Tweet me @jerseycitygia if you have any inquiries because it’s likely I a) have an unpublished review b) an update to an older review in the works or c) know a gem so well I’m not going to share with all, but maybe with you 😉
Try something new & let me know your experience,
YAAAS, Jersey City. Shout out your Fourth of July Freedom from the rooftops, or just join the party on ground level at Liberty State Park for the Freedom & Fireworks Festival.
Here we have live bands, carnival rides, food & drink, and of course…fireworks on the Hudson River.
The best way to get to Liberty State Park is probably by bike, considering the long walk you will have by car or PATH methods. The next best option is the Light Rail. Please read NJ Transit Advisories for the Fourth of July Freedom & Fireworks Show to plan your trip for maximum fun.
See you there!
Jersey City’s waterfront beach megabar reopens for the season tonight, Friday May 13th.
Soak up views of Manhattan and Liberty Island, indoor and al fresco waterfront dining and drinking, and a sandy beach with fire pits perfect for getting cozy.
There is a revamped food and drink menu, and 25 craft beers that will rotate throughout the season.
Read my full, comprehensive review of Surf City here.
It is that wintry time of year again where restaurants beg for our patronage post-New Year’s and pre-Valentine’s Day: Hudson Restaurant Week. Hudson County’s begins when New York City’s ends, so as not to compete for capital.
From January 25th to February 5th, attend restaurants (that may be outside of your budget) to sample each menu at a set price.
Here are participating Jersey City restaurants:
Bistro at Grove Square
Bistro La Source
Fire & Oak
GP’s Hamilton Park
The Hamilton Inn
Laico’s (pick up a hard copy of The Jersey City Independent for my lengthy review; this is not one to miss!)
Liberty House Restaurant
Liberty Prime Steakhouse
Light Horse Tavern
Raval Tapas Bar
View the full list of Hudson County participating restaurants, prices and menus here.
Taste Jersey City Tastefully,
Oh the overcast sky, the chilly nip in the air, the fear of imminent Hurricane Joaquin…
All reminds us that Fall is well under way in Jersey City, which means that right now, your body craves snuggly comfort foods.
Thank goodness Jersey City has an endless supply of places to satisfy that need.
Click on the below links for my reviews of restaurants/cafes that cater to comfort on every level.
Sam A.M. Cafe
Park & Sixth
9th and Coles
Jersey Girls Village Food Tour Spots
Rizzo’s Pizza and Bakery
There are so many awesome restaurants in Jersey City. I’ve covered plenty more than these on my (this) site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare/Swarm and for the Jersey City Independent’s magazine and website.
These are just picks for our impending weather.
And, if disaster strikes you and not me, do stop by and do refuel here as many did during Sandy.
Be well and warm on,
This Saturday, September 19th, is the all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.
Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-8pm. (Yay because I have to work until 5 and would hate to miss the best street fair ever!)
There will be over 100 local vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.
FB info here.
Shop local. Support local.